Category Archives: Local News

Lollis ready to get to work after election victory

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

PICKENS — Fresh off his victory over Phillip Bowers in last week’s Pickens County Council District 2 Republican primary, political newcomer Chris Lollis said he is grateful and looking forward to working toward bringing his campaign goals to fruition in January.

“I would like to thank everyone who heard our message and voted over the

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The District 1 county council race where Democrat Claiborne Linvill will face Republican Brad White for the right to represent the Clemson area in January won’t happen until November, as both candidates were unopposed in their respective party primaries last week. The winner will succeed Ensley Feemster, who decided against running for a third term.


Member of the Month

The Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce’s June Chamber Member of the Month is the Market at the Mill. The business is located at 225 Pumpkintown Highway in Pickens and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Owner David Hosea, not pictured, opened the Market at the Mill in 2020 filled with small businesses, handcrafted local items, antiques, boutiques, food and flea market treasures. Pictured are chamber president Debbie Gravely, Pickens Mayor Fletcher Perry, Barry Crawford and Mande Ferreira of the Market at the Mill and chamber membership director Lisa Turnick.

ProjectROCK now open

On Friday, June 10, ProjectROCK Easley cut the grand-opening ribbon on its new facility, located at 2121 Farrs Bridge Road in Easley. ProjectROCK Easley offers indoor sports climbing, lead climbing, bouldering, rappelling, climbing classes, kids camp and activities, group yoga and fitness sessions, cheer, ninja and much more. Visit for more information and to sign up for classes and camps. Pictured are Laura Landau, Marc Landau, Shane Thompson, Charif Chebbab and the ProjectROCK Easley staff.

BHSPC plans free family carnival event

EASLEY — The prevention department of Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County is throwing a party, and everyone is invited.

The Bounce Back, a family-friendly carnival, will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday, June 25, inside one of the gyms at the J.B. “Red” Owens Recreation Complex, located

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Alexander honored

Landscapers Supply/Ace Hardware of Easley’s Debbie Alexander recently earned the Women in the Green Industry Award. The award honors outstanding female landscaping leaders and contractors. Alexander is the operations director at the new store, located on U.S. Highway 123 in the old Ryan’s building. A formal grand opening is planned for the end of the summer.

Community Calendar

• UpCounty Quilt Guild meets June 28

The UpCountry Quilt Guild will meet June 28 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at Pickens Presbyterian Church. The address is 311 W. Main St. in Pickens.

• LHS Class of 1962 to hold 60th reunion

The Liberty High School Class of 1962 will hold its 60th class reunion on Saturday, Aug. 13. The event is scheduled

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CFA comes to Pickens

On Monday, June 6, “Baby Cow” cut the ribbon on the Upstate Chick-fil-A food truck. The grand opening was held in Doodle Park at 409 E. Cedar Rock St. in Pickens. The food truck will be moving around to various locations in Pickens two to three days a week. The Pickens Chamber of Commerce will give local residents a heads up to the truck’s exact location when it’s in Pickens. Follow the chamber on Facebook @greaterpickenschamber. Pictured are Hunter Owens and the Chick-fil-A food truck staff, Mayor Fletcher Perry, Rep. Davey Hiott, members of the chamber board of directors and residents of Pickens. 

DWD principal takes district job

PICKENS — D.W. Daniel High School is will be looking for a new principal after the School District of Pickens County (SDPC) Board of Trustees selected Shannon Sharkey as the next Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum on Monday.

Sharkey, who has served SDPC in varying capacities, is currently the Principal at Daniel, but will assume her new role following the upcoming retirement of Sharon Huff at the end of June 2022.

“Mrs. Sharkey is passionate about teaching and learning and is dedicated to

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Hagood Mill hosts folk music festival

PICKENS — Pickens County music fans are in luck, with the Hagood Mill Historic Site hosting an event highlighting the singer-songwriter titled,   the Americana Folk Festival on Saturday, June 18.

This music-filled day will include entertainment by Barrett Davis, Angela Easterling, Steve McGaha & Patrick Lark, and Ella & Mary.

Davis is a son of American Roots Music. According to a release from Hagood

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Locals lauded at Upstate Forever luncheon

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

GREENVILLE – Two area residents were honored during pstate Forever’s ForeverGreen awards luncheon on Monday.

Hoyt Grant, of Pickens, received the Tommy Wyche Land Conservation Champion Award at Upstate Forever’s ForeverGreen awards luncheon in Greenville.

Grant was recognized Monday for his efforts to preserve a view of South Carolina’s most photographed natural

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